MOD Files Reveal UFO Incident With Cold War Spy Plane

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The Ministry of Defence in Britain has released 15 files of out of the remaining UFO files that are held at the National Archives in the UK and in them are details about a UFO encounter that was witnessed by the whole crew in a spy-plane belonging to the US Air Force.

USAF RC-135 Plane Buzzed By UFO With Many Flashing Lights

The secret RAF files have a detailed account of an incident that happened on October 19, 1982, and this was when a USAF RC-135 plane that had been watching the activity of the Soviet military was buzzed over the Eastern Mediterranean by what was described as a big object.

In the files, it was stated that British personnel who were stationed at the RAF Troodos, a remote base located on the island of Cyprus at Mt. Olympus, had listed to radio calls that had come from the crew from the USA while they encountered the UFO 35,000 feet above the level of the sea.

Radome at 280 Signals Unit base, RAF Troodos, Mt Olympus, Cyprus – one of the most important overseas British installations (credit: Wikipedia/Ed Weissman)

They had described the UFO as being covered with many flashing lights, with as many as 20 of them flashing at any one time and it had been picked up on the radar of the spy plane while it was approaching them from the south. It was then said to have gone in a circle around the plane with the call sign Beano 73 and then closed in on it while the navigator asked for help down on the ground.

Navy Fighter Jets Scrambled To UFO Incident

Two F-14 US Navy fighter jets were scrambled from their aircraft carrier along with an RAF Phantom, which had to be diverted from a nighttime exercise, to go and intercept the UFO, which was to the south of Cyprus. While the three interceptors were approaching the crew on the spy plane saw the UFO departing and making its way to the coast of Africa, but the fighter pilots did not see it.

The hidden files that have just been revealed show that the RAF personnel at the radar station monitored the whole incident and it lasted around 90 minutes, with it starting at about 4 pm local time. However, the British air defense stations did not see the incident and nor was it picked up by seaborne or ground radar.

After the UFO encounter, an investigation was launched in secret by the authorities in Britain and the results of it were sent along to the Department of Defense in the US in November 1982. Neither the US or British government ever gave any information about the incident, until the secret files were opened.

MOD And USAF Close Down UFO Files

An extract from the RAF file on the incident [David Clarke/The National Archives]

The Blue Book of the US Air Force UFO Project was officially closed in 1969, and in 2009 the British Ministry of Defence went on to close their own UFO desk. The secret space intelligence unit, DI55, then claimed that they were no longer interested in any unidentified aerial phenomena in 2000.

However, the RAF files that have been released now reveal that the officials did order a transcript to be made of the tape that recorded the capture of radio transmissions that had been made between the people on the ground in the control tower and the crew of the spy plane. Copies of the report were sent out to the Assistant Chief Scientist of the RAF, DD Ops, and GE of the RAF, DI55, and DSTI.

Photographic Evidence Was Missing From Files

The RAF Troodos radar station had provided film, and this had been studied very carefully by photographic experts in the UK along with large prints that had been taken from the radar picture had been prepared for scrutiny by intelligence officers. The file did not say where this evidence had gone. Also, the results of the investigation by the UK and USA were not in the file.

A tentative explanation for that was given by a senior member of the RAF who said that they had a suspicion that the UFO had been a mirage effect that came from the lights which were on the coast of Lebanon or Israel. However, a signal that had reported the sighting that had been sent from RAF Troodos to the Ministry of Defence in the UK had described the UFO as being bigger than an RC-135.

The Boeing RC-135 is an aircraft that was used by the RAF and USAF in support intelligence gathering. The airplanes have been used in all armed conflicts, and this included the Cold War around borders of the former Soviet Union. This is an aircraft that has a length of 136 feet and a wingspan of about 130 feet.

UFO Tracked Beano 73 For 90 Minutes

The signal from the RAF that reported the encounter said that the UFO had first been seen around two miles from the RC-135 and then changed its position around the aircraft and closed. The object then tailed Beano 73 for around 90 minutes on the northeast/southwest race track. The signal went on to report that the UFO had been witnessed by the entire crew.

Three of the RC-135s had been bought in 2017 by the RAF, and they serve in the 51 Squadron which has a base at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The crew of them includes a navigator, two pilots, and as many as 25 mission staff.

Also in the file, it was said that the RAF Group Captain had gathered together information about the UFO reports that had been received by his air defense staff over a period of 30 years and coming to an end in 1996. This was in response to a question in parliament from Martin Redmond, the Labour MP for Don Valley. He had asked radar stations, including the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station, which is located on the North Yorkshire Moors at RAF Fylingdales to submit UFO data to the HQ No 11 Group. He said in his report that he could not find any reports or mentions of the UFOs that had been detected by the Air Defence Ground Environment units or the 11/18 Group aircraft using the radar equipment.

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